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[961]from "RM"-6 April 2003:
I am looking for a Milton Bradley Big Ben Jigsaw Puzzle. It has a picture of a man on a farm tractor and the picture was taken in Eastern Township, Melbourne Quebec, Canada. The name of the puzzle was either St. Francis River or Riviere St. Francois. The man on the tractor was a friend of my husbands and I would like to purchase the puzzle for a gift. Would like any help you could give me.
Thanks
"RM"
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from Jim McW--19 April 2003:
We also received an e-mail from "PC", looking for the same puzzle, also saying that it was issued about 1974-1975.
If anyone knows of a copy of this puzzle, please notify us.
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Jim McW
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[962]from "RR"-7 April 2003:
Hi!!

I was wondering if you could help me - I am trying to find some puzzles that I remeber from my childhood!! They came in a cardboard tube and had different themes; one was of a windy day and another one was of a mermaid (I think!) and there were others. They weren't the regular puzzle shape either (square), they were long and had several "bumps" on the ends... it is hard to describe but it was definately a rounded shape.

If you have any ideas on what kind they are, I would be very grateful!! I looked at the HG Toy ones but I don't think they are the right ones (it's so hard to tell!)

Thank you in advance for your response :)
"RR"
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[963]from "O-o-o-old Man"-6 April 2003:
Hello:
I am living in ________ and I am looking for a puzzle assembler. I want to pay someone to assemble a puzzle. Pay someone that does puzzle assembly for a living. Do you have any thoughts who I can contact or where I should be looking for help?
Thanks,
"O-o-o-old Man"
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from Jim McW--6 April 2003:
I suspect the least amount of trouble would be to contact a local senior citizen activity center. They may be able to find two or three people who are just waiting for something to do, who would be willing to assemble your puzzle(s) for a modest fee.
If that is not possible, you might contact the employment and scholarship office of the nearest college. Ask them if it would be possible to hire a student to assemble puzzle(s) for you.
Let us know what happens.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[964]from "HC"-7 April 2003:
I am searching for a set of puzzles my Grandmother used to like. She has one of the four. Sugar and Spice is the title, it has a little girl and a little boy in the snow...the others are summer, spring and fall. The box says that it is a Warren Paper Product but am finding it hard to find any info on this particular grouping. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
"HC"
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from Jim McW--12 April 2003:
Could this be the one? Seasons of the Year
"Seasons of the Year", WARREN BUILT-RITETM, 1950's [?].
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Jim McW
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[965]from "AAE8"-8 April 2003:
Looking for puzzles with bells.
Thank You
"AAE8"
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[966]from "BR"-8 April 2003:
Is there anyplace or anybody that can give me some info on a puzzle? If you could, that would be great. It is Deluxe Guild picture puzzle, says Whitman Publishing Company on it. It is a 340 piece puzzle title Great White Throne. Comes in a round can with a screw-on lid & says 49 cents for the cost. There is no copywrite date on it. It is series No. 208 & says No. 4615:49 on the side. Also says it is made in U.S.A.
"BR"
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from Jim McW--12 April 2003:
We believe these were published in the 1950's, give or take a few years.
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Jim McW
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[967]from "DC"-8 April 2003:
I am looking for a puzzle that I believe is of a gardening type theme: there are stacks of clay pots, a potting bench, dried either flowers or herbs hanging. I also believe it was a 500 piece. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. It's a MB Croxley series titled "Drying Room at Herb Farm". It has 500 pieces, and the number on the box is 4611-5.
Thank You
"DC"
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[968]from "DT"-8 April 2003:
To Whom it May Concern,
I have a Tuco Picture Puzzle (Advanced Children's) No. 2052 called Away we Go made out of Upson Laminated Wood-like fibre board and the Tuco Picture Puzzle No. 2052 called Strong Interference. Do you know where I would find out more information about these puzzles?
Thank you,
"DT"
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from Jim McW--12 April 2003:
"Away We Go" was published in the 1940's or early 1950's, we believe.
"Strong Interference" was published in at least two versions, once in about 1948-1957 (McCann SM20 or 21), and again in the MUNRO years [see our TUCO section for more information about this company. See also the TUCO Puzzle Site.
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Jim McW
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[969]from "MD"-10 April 2003:
RE: No. 175, Page 12, Jaymar puzzles
Just this past weekend I went to an estate auction and purchased a crate full of stuff, just to get a set of crocks. In this crate was a small shoe box that held a puzzle. The puzzle is titled "Roping A Bear." I have put it together because I love anything Western. Unfortunately some of the pieces are missing - about ten or so, mostly on the outside right edge-is it still worth much? Not that I'm going to sell it-I love it.
"DT"
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from Jim McW--12 April 2003:

Roping a Bear"Roping a Bear", JAYMARTM.
Unfortunately, even one missing piece usually reduces the market value of a puzzle by at least half. Hopefully, the missing pieces don't detract much from your enjoyment of the puzzle picture.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[970]from "BP"-11 April 2003:
My class wants to know
When , where, by whom and why were puzzles first made?
"BP"
________Middle School _______, Utah
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from Jim McW--12 April 2003:

See our Record-Breaking Puzzles page for an answer to your question, plus some other interesting items about jigsaw puzzles!
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[971]from "DR"-11 April 2003:
New State's Series-Alaska
boats in Alaska
boats in Alaska
, WARREN BUILT-RITETM, c. 1959-1962.
Hi, I have this old puzzle in excellent condition-i have not done the puzzle myself. It was from an older gentleman and apparently carefully packed away so my guess is that he took care of it enough to have all the pieces. Any ideas of where I could sell this? or of its value?
Thank you,
"DR"
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from Jim McW--12 April 2003:
We have seen several of the puzzles from this old series, and we love 'em all!! Your best bet is to offer it in an on-line auction site, with a good picture and good description. Bidders are often encouraged if you can guarantee that it is complete.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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[972]from "LC"-12 April 2003:
Dear Puzzlehistory,

I am trying to find some background information on 3 wooden puzzles that were given to me. All 3 come in their own blue cardboard box with no picture. Each has a label, with the name Royal Blue Interlocking Puzzles, title, # of pieces, price, made by Edward K. Shaw, 328 Fern Street, West Hartford, phone 4-4886.

The title of the first puzzle is "Birds of Paradise" with 322 pieces for $3.25. The second is "Love Story" with 319 pieces for $3.00. The label for the third puzzle is torn, I think the title is "The Treasure Princess". I can't read how many pieces.

I have not been able to find any information about this company or the maker on this website or Bob Armstrong's. Any information you can provide would be great.
"DC"
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[973]from "B12"-12 April 2003:
I want to know when milton bradley interlocking puzzle no.4962-c was made, also no.4962-a?
"B12"
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from Jim McW--13 April 2003:
According to the World of Big Ben Puzzles, ALL the MILTON BRADLEY BIG BENTM puzzles had the number "4962" on them.
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Jim McW
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[974]from "LA"-13 April 2003:
I found a Tuco puzzle from the "American Folk-Lore Series" called "The Frontier Sheriff". It is semi-interlocking, and is numbered Series No. 6059 and is described as "Triple-Thick". Can you estimate a date for me?
Thanks.
"LA"
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from Jim McW--13 April 2003:
We have never seen this puzzle, so we would love to see a picture of it, if you can send us one. It sounds a little like some TUCO puzzles issued in the 1950's.
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from "LA"--30 April 2003:
Jim, here's a picture of the box and the puzzle worked. My guess was the fifties, too.
The Frontier Sheriff"The Frontier Sheriff", TUCO.
"LA"
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from Jim McW--30 April 2003:
Now that I see it, I think it was published approximately late 1950's to early 1960's. Very nice!
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Jim McW
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[975]from "PL"-13 April 2003:
I have A Lithograph of "It's Raining Moonbeams". Eu or Ev Ottenfeld. 1929. I can't find any info. on the Artist. Is it possible that you can direct me in the area or books that I need to acquire the information I need. I don't know where the artist is from or history of.
Thank you !
"PL"
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from Jim McW--13 April 2003:
We know of one other puzzle, presumably by this artist:
Moonlit Waters"Moonlit Waters", by Ottenfeld.
I asked Chris McCann, who says that he has the name as Ed Ottenfeld, but that that he has no further information.
Does anyone have any other information on this artist?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Jim McW -- 6 May 2008:

"GE", from Shreveport, Louisiana, wrote us with some excellent search results.: The artist's name was Eugen Von Ottenfeld, and he apparently was Austrian and lived from 1874 to 1947. Thanks!
Jim McW
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[976]from "MS"-13 April 2003:
In response to your inquiry [no. 771, Page 54 ?] about the picture block (cube) puzzles. I have the same one as you have shown. I got it in Frankfurt, Germany 6 or 8 years ago. I collect these block puzzles. They are more common in Europe and Asia than in America. The Chinese and Japanese have many varieties. Ravenhurst (a German toy company) also has quite a selection. Recently, I have seen these puzzles for Builder Bob, Tommy the Tank, Madeline, and a number of other children's picture books. I have eight pieces of a 9-piece plastic Curious George block picture puzzle that Yoplait sold as a premium in 1999; I am looking for the ninth piece. Most of the American made puzzles of this type are plastic; I have a Winnie the Pooh one that is rectangular rather than square blocks. Most of the European and Asian puzzles are wooden. They are hard to find, but they are out there. Now and then one appears on internet auction sites or at a thrift store, like the Goodwill or Salvation Army. I wish I knew of a site to inquire about others who had block picture puzzles to sell. Let me know if you run across any for sale. Thanks.
"MS"
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from Keith--23 April 2003:
Hi Jim,
I was surprised that these seem to be less well known on your side of the Atlantic. Picture Blocks go well back into the eighteen hundreds, they were certainly quite common by the 1850's being halfway between bricks and jigsaw puzzles, they were lithographed and hand-coloured. In the same way as jigsaw puzzles , maps were often used but perhaps more common were the alphabet blocks or bricks and often combinations of any of these elements. Unlike the jigsaw puzzle though they could of course just be piled up in any old order to make anything the child fancied. Like many of the early toys German manufacturers were major players and exported all over the world.
Keith
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[977]from "AC"-14 April 2003:
RE: Betty Swanwick PAR Puzzle Cover [Q&A Number 142, Page 10 ]

This answer is a mite late (2 years) but better late than never!

Betty Swanwick was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of London, England and a Professor at Goldsmith's College. Among other things, she designed a poster for the London Underground and the well-known cover for the Genesis album, "Selling England By The Pound." The National Portrait Gallery owns her drawing of JRR Tolkien.
"AC", London, England
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[978]from "r y"-15 April 2003:
Manhattan Skyline"Manhattan Skyline"
RE: manhatten skyline (TUCO PUZZLE) no.8250
hi, could you please tell me how old this puzzle is. I found it in my basement. My name is ____ and I am 12 years old.
Thankz.
bye
"r y"
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We believe this was issued in the later years of TUCO's history, between the mid-1960's and 1983.
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Jim McW
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[979]from "CF"-15 April 2003:
Hi all,

I'm writing to find out how many puzzles are in the Milton Bradley Easy Grasp series. The ones I know of are:

Pristine Waters, Moraine Lake, Canada
Bishop's Bay, Highland, Scotland
Morning View of Myanmar, Burma
Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Italian Marina, Genova, Italy
Cityscape at Dusk, Sydney, Australia

Thanks for your help!

"CF"
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Does anyone have other titles in this series?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--20 April 2003:
Hi Jim,
In answer to CF, I believe the Easy Grasp Series will no longer be published, as of this year, although they have been very popular. As far as I know, those were the only ones made, at least they are the only ones we have.
Nancy
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[980]from "LG"-18 April 2003:
I'm looking for any information you can give me on my puzzle. All I know about it is that it's called "Three Generations". It's of a young girl in the doorway of a farmhouse. There's an old man sitting on a bench right next to the door holding a baby. I would appreciate any information about it's worth, the painter or the year it was sold.

Thank you,
"LG"
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[981]from "MBE"-18 April 2003:
I am having the same problem with the Magic Effects Collection "Night on the Town". This is my first in the Magic Effects Collections and I have taken different parts of it apart several times. I'm even having trouble with the upper border. Have you come across any solutions? I've been working on mine for about 3 weeks and I'm just about ready to cover it and start another one.
Thanks
"MBE"
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You don't say to which question you refer, but I assume it is no. 786, Page 55. We have not received any hints or clues, other than confirmation that they are really difficult puzzles. If you haven't tried it already, you could try assembling the pieces face-down. Has anyone had any luck assembling these puzzles? If so, can you pass along a few helpful hints?
Thanks,
Jim McW
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from Nancy Ballhagen--20 April 2003:
Hi Jim,
In reply to MBE # 981, I know the Magic Effects are difficult but didn't think they were that hard. We did one of the Carl Vallente ones, and have it in the store, it did take a while, and the "Night on the Town" seems like it would be hard because it is all shades of brown and gold, at least the one we did had some colors to it. The suggestion to turn the pieces over would be mine also.
Nancy
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Well, they sound difficult enough to scare me off! I believe that different people "approach the puzzle" in different ways. For me, the shapes of the pieces is important, so puzzles in which all the pieces are very similar are particularly frustrating for me. Add shifting colors, and I really am at sea.
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Jim McW
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